Knights Templar Community Church School & Nursery


Name Knights Templar Community Church School & Nursery
Website http://www.knightstemplarfirst.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 June 2012
Address Liddymore Road, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0EX
Phone Number 01984634385
Type Primary
Age Range 5-9
Religious Character Church of England/Methodist
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 182 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.4
Percentage Free School Meals 23.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.1%

Information about the school

The school is smaller than an average-sized primary school. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Pupils are taught in five single-age classes for Reception and Years 1 to 4 and a mixed-age class of Years 1 and 2 pupils. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is also above average. Childcare provided by the school includes a breakfast and after-school club, as well as a holiday club. The school has received awards for several aspects of its work, including the Healthy Schools Plus Enhanced Status. The headteacher was appointed in September 2010.

Key findings

This is a good school. It has made significant improvements, particularly in the last two years, that have greatly enhanced the quality of provision and pupils’ achievement. It is not an outstanding school because inconsistency in teaching holds back the highest levels of pupils’ progress in some year groups. Nearly all pupils achieve well and most make good progress in relation to their starting points. Pupils in the current Year 4 have made outstanding progress so that attainment at the end of Year 4 is now above the levels expected for pupils’ age in reading, writing, and mathematics. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make rapid progress. However, the progress of the more-able pupils in writing and mathematics fluctuates, being no more than satisfactory in Years 1 and 2. The impact of good teaching is seen in pupils’ good achievement, their love of learning and their determination to work hard and do well. Sometimes teachers’ guidance to pupils is insufficient. In Years 1 and 2, more able pupils are not always given sufficiently challenging work. Teachers use the whole curriculum very effectively to improve key literacy and numeracy skills. Pupils’ good behaviour and positive attitudes give lessons a very purposeful atmosphere. Pupils say they feel very safe in school, which reflects parents’ and carers’ views. According to pupils, bullying of any form is almost non-existent. They say that rare incidents of inappropriate behaviour, which tend to happen at playtimes rather than in lessons, are dealt with quickly. Leadership and management are outstanding. Outcomes and quality of provision are improving quickly. High priority is given to management of performance through rigorous checking of teaching and pupils’ progress. The new curriculum is good and promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well.